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Sunday, March 19 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Grief and Joy (and Bringing Cake): A 2023 Mourner's Guide

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When author, Merissa Nathan Gerson moved to New Orleans, it was to take a giant leap into a new thrilling life. And within a week her father was mysteriously in the hospital. Within two months, he had died of a rare brain disease. She navigated loss in the throes of New Orleans - Second Lines, Mardi Gras, and all. This session uses elements from her book, Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman's Guide to Grieving, to discuss the brutal mix of grief in the modern, mixed with compounded grief related to inherited trauma. We will explore ideas of ancient grieving rituals meant to alchemize misery into exultation, from New Orleans to Hasidism, and back.

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Merissa Gerson

Merissa Nathan Gerson is the author of Forget Prayers, Bring Cake: A Single Woman’s Guide to Grieving (Mandala Publishing / Simon & Schuster, August 2021). She was the intergenerational trauma consultant to Amazon's hit show Transparent and has writing featured in the New York... Read More →

Sunday March 19, 2023 10:15am - 11:15am CDT
JCC 208/209